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Fifty Tonnes of ANFO explodes at Charleville

23rd September 2014

2014 September 5 – A truck carrying at least fifty tonnes of ammonium nitrate crashed and exploded along Mitchell Highway at Wyandra, 30km south of Charleville, Australia, as it overturned and caught fire at around 9:50 in the late evening.

Gamma Butyrolactone Ban Proposed

29th August 2014

To produce an interim scheduling decision, the delegate of the Secretary of the Department of Health invites the public to submit their comments on the proposal to restrict the use of gamma butyrolactone in the manufacture of cosmetics and other types of products. Submissions will be accepted until September 11, 2014 while the interim decision is expected to be released on February 5, 2015.

International Organisations Respond to Ebola Virus Outbreak

22nd August 2014

In response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak and to augment global efforts in containing the spread of the disease, various international organisations - the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – made a decision to create a Travel and Transport Task Force. The said task force is responsible for monitoring current updates and developments on the issue. Moreover, it is also in charge in generating useful information for the travel and tourism sector and travellers.

EPA Issues Proposed Regulation on UPSS

14th August 2014

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has issued its Regulatory Impact Statement on the Proposed Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems or UPSS) Regulation 2014. A summary of important details about the Proposed Regulation are available below.

Final Rule on Transportation of Lithium Batteries Released

6th August 2014

The Department of Transportation through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released the final rule on the transportation of lithium batteries. The long awaited rulemaking on lithium batteries will revise US regulations, 49 CFR, to address the transportation of lithium batteries.

Important Things You Must Know About Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Road

1st August 2014

It has become a commonplace to read and hear about stories portraying road carnages on newspapers, television and the internet. These horrific stories include fatal trucking accidents in Australia. As a consequence of such events, a debate has emerged as to the appropriate manner to handle the transportation of goods. Take a look at the following incidents which testify to the urgency of this important issue.

National Recall of Aurora Red Hand Flare Ordered

1st August 2014

Because of threats to potential fire hazard and inconsistent performance, the Aurora Red Hand Flare products were ordered for a national recall. These products were supplied by Drew Marine Signal & Safety Australia Pty Ltd. The said recall pertains to Aurora Red Hand Flare products with lot numbers 3186 to 3260 inclusive.

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